The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
is a planetarium
located on the grounds of Brisbane Botanic Gardens
in the suburb of Toowong
. The Planetarium was officially opened on 24 May 1978.
The Planetarium is named after Sir Thomas Brisbane
, governor of New South Wales (1821 - 1825), and well known astronomer of the southern skies. The Planetarium is located about 5km from the Central Business District
, and is administered by the Brisbane City Council
The Planetarium features the 12.5m Cosmic Skydome (hemispherical planetarium theatre) with a recently-upgraded, state of the art, digital dome projection system; an observatory
containing a permanently-mounted Zeiss 15cm refractor
and a Meade 20cm "Go To" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
; extensive photographic and model displays in its Foyer and Gallery including the 1969 Moon landing, the Space Shuttle, and Mars expeditions, as well as a free mini-theatre featuring a Space Telescope Science Institute web feed and a free Foyer Theatrette. The Planetarium runs regular shows in the Cosmic Skydome for public and school groups, observing sessions in the observatory and occasional public field nights. The original Zeiss star projector
has recently been removed, with a replacement anticipated in 2012.
- - official website
- - official Brisbane Planetarium on Facebook
- - information about the planetarium